Daily Image Gallery – May 2020

The Daily Image Gallery continued in May, with three pictures each day being added thanks for submissions from a number of photographers.

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Added on Sunday 31st May...

"A bright afternoon sees the recreation of a Southern Region passenger train steaming away from another station call." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A bright afternoon sees the recreation of a Southern Region passenger train steaming away from another station call."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Popular 3F 47406 passes Swithland Sidings with a short passenger train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Popular 3F 47406 passes Swithland Sidings with a short passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A morning passenger train proceeds with the benefit of two powerful locomotives on its journey south." 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"A morning passenger train proceeds with the benefit of two powerful locomotives on its journey south." 777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Saturday 30th May...

"Working hard, BR Standard Class 2 and Bulleid Light Pacific accelerate a passenger train towards the south." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Working hard, BR Standard Class 2 and Bulleid Light Pacific accelerate a passenger train towards the south."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Recreating a bygone era from Britain's railway history, with two passing freight trains each hauled by a Stanier Class 8." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Recreating a bygone era from Britain's railway history, with two passing freight trains each hauled by a Stanier Class 8."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"The impressive sight of an Eastern Region express... Peppercorn A2 Class 60532 'Blue Peter' steams away from Rothley with a train for Leicester North." - Photo © John Smith.

"The impressive sight of an Eastern Region express... Peppercorn A2 Class 60532 'Blue Peter' steams away from Rothley with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Friday 29th May...

"Late afternoon at Loughborough Central... With goods train delivered, K1 62005 prepares to go on shed."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Framed by the eastern arch of GCR Bridge 354, a coal train rumbles into Rothley Station."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Recreating a scene from railway yards across the country... British Railways operated an extensive fleet of road vehicles to support their operations far and wide."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Thursday 28th May...

"Looking over the driver's shoulder... First generation diesel railcars can provide an excellent forward view for passengers, due to a glazed bulkhead between driving cab and passenger compartment." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Looking over the driver's shoulder... First generation diesel railcars can provide an excellent forward view for passengers, due to a glazed bulkhead between driving cab and passenger compartment."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Steam in motion... 78019 passes Swithland Sidings with a northbound passenger train." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Steam in motion... 78019 passes Swithland Sidings with a northbound passenger train."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The start of another day for a very popular GCR-built locomotive." O4 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and is currently being overhauled to steam again at the Great Central. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The start of another day for a very popular GCR-built locomotive."
O4 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and is currently being overhauled to steam again at the Great Central.
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 27th May...

"On this day 27th May in 1876, William Stanier was born in Swindon. He went on to become the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1932 and was responsible for a number of highly successful locomotive designs. One example, a Stanier Class 8 2-8-0 is seen here steaming away from Loughborough with a coal train." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"On this day 27th May in 1876, William Stanier was born in Swindon. He went on to become the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1932 and was responsible for a number of highly successful locomotive designs. One example, a Stanier Class 8 2-8-0 is seen here steaming away from Loughborough with a coal train."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Stanier Class 8 48305 at work on a local passenger train, on the approaches to Loughborough Central." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Stanier Class 8 48305 at work on a local passenger train, on the approaches to Loughborough Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"A glance back to earlier days of preservation sees B1 61264 in full flight with the Travelling Post Office." - Photo © Andy Bennett.

"A glance back to earlier days of preservation sees B1 61264 in full flight with the Travelling Post Office."
Photo © Andy Bennett.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 26th May...

"On the approaches to Quorn & Woodhouse, a passenger train steams southwards." - Photo © Ian Duffield.

"On the approaches to Quorn & Woodhouse, a passenger train steams southwards."
Photo © Ian Duffield.

"71000 'Duke of Gloucester' leads a passenger train on its journey through the British countryside." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"71000 'Duke of Gloucester' leads a passenger train on its journey through the British countryside."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A morning passenger train bursts into bright sunlight on departure from Leicester North." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"A morning passenger train bursts into bright sunlight on departure from Leicester North."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Monday 25th May...

"The loco's duties may be over for the day, but the crew still have important tasks to perform before their own rest can begin." - Photo © Joe Connell

"The loco's duties may be over for the day, but the crew still have important tasks to perform before their own rest can begin."
Photo © Joe Connell

"A tender-first working for Standard Class 5 73156 on a northbound departure from Rothley." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A tender-first working for Standard Class 5 73156 on a northbound departure from Rothley."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"Loughborough Central is the stage for an impressive departure from a visiting GWR Manor." - Photo © Martyn Fisher.

"Loughborough Central is the stage for an impressive departure from a visiting GWR Manor."
Photo © Martyn Fisher.

 

 


Added on Sunday 24th May...

"Built for main line passenger work, Stanier's Jubilees were popular and successful members of the LMS fleet. 45596 'Bahamas' stands on shed at Loughborough in the mid-1990s." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Built for main line passenger work, Stanier's Jubilees were popular and successful members of the LMS fleet. 45596 'Bahamas' stands on shed at Loughborough in the mid-1990s."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"The latter days of British Railways steam recreated on an overcast afternoon in Leicestershire." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The latter days of British Railways steam recreated on an overcast afternoon in Leicestershire."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"With power and purpose, popular K1 62005 accelerates away from Loughborough Central." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"With power and purpose, popular K1 62005 accelerates away from Loughborough Central."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Saturday 23rd May...

"A busy scene on shed as locomotives are prepared for a gala event on the Great Central." We're really looking forward to staging gala events again in the future when the situation improves. - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A busy scene on shed as locomotives are prepared for a gala event on the Great Central."  We're really looking forward to staging gala events again in the future when the situation improves.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The afternoon sunshine finds a 9F on a short mixed good train." - Photo © Daryl Hutchinson.

"The afternoon sunshine finds a 9F on a short mixed good train."
Photo © Daryl Hutchinson.

"Swithland Reservoir provides a picturesque backdrop as a southbound passenger train steams forward." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Swithland Reservoir provides a picturesque backdrop as a southbound passenger train steams forward."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Friday 22nd May...

Today we have taken the first very careful steps towards our eventual return. Although the railway remains closed to the public for now, and majority of departments remain closed to all for the time being, a very small number of the team have returned to work in a carefully-controlled way as we begin to restart our operations.

With precautions in place, including Driver and Fireman wearing face coverings, and Guard alone in the coaches, BR Standard Class 2 78018 completed some important test runs along the line today to confirm the success of repair works.

We are regularly reviewing the situation and closely monitoring government advice, and look forward to restarting other areas of our operation when it is safe and appropriate to do so. We are very grateful for the patience and understanding shown by everyone while our offices and facilities are closed.

We send our best wishes to all of our visitors, supporters, and every member of the GCR family, and look forward to returning when the situation allows.

 

"A very welcome sight as BR Standard Class 2 78018 passes Swithland Sidings on a test run earlier today." - Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"A very welcome sight as BR Standard Class 2 78018 passes Swithland Sidings on a test run earlier today."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"Small but powerful... Popular 3F 47406 steams away from Quorn & Woodhouse with a local passenger train." -Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Small but powerful... Popular 3F 47406 steams away from Quorn & Woodhouse with a local passenger train."Photo © Alan Weaver.

"An express thunders on towards the south, with Bulleid Light Pacific in charge." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An express thunders on towards the south, with Bulleid Light Pacific in charge."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Thursday 21st May...

"The light of the sunset creates an impressive stage for a passing Stanier Class 8." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"The light of the sunset creates an impressive stage for a passing Stanier Class 8."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Thirsty work for locos and crew alike. London Transport liveried pannier tank L92 (5786) takes water at Loughborough Central." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Thirsty work for locos and crew alike. London Transport liveried pannier tank L92 (5786) takes water at Loughborough Central."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"A King Arthur designed for express passenger work has ample power to spare while hauling a short freight." 30777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"A King Arthur designed for express passenger work has ample power to spare while hauling a short freight." 30777 "Sir Lamiel" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 20th May...

"A coal train trundles through the loop to await a path on the main line." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A coal train trundles through the loop to await a path on the main line."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Hall and Hall... A capable partnership put through its paces on a Western Region express." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Hall and Hall... A capable partnership put through its paces on a Western Region express."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

"The morning light shines brightly as the day's first northbound departure is prepared." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The morning light shines brightly as the day's first northbound departure is prepared." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 19th May...

"With signal lamps shining brightly, trains pass on a busy main line as nightfall approaches." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"With signal lamps shining brightly, trains pass on a busy main line as nightfall approaches."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"Looking back to earlier times in the preservation era, 6990 'Witherslack Hall' works a passenger train from Loughborough before the reinstatement of double-track." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Looking back to earlier times in the preservation era, 6990 'Witherslack Hall' works a passenger train from Loughborough before the reinstatement of double-track."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An arrival at Quorn & Woodhouse signals the start of another day on the Great Central." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"An arrival at Quorn & Woodhouse signals the start of another day on the Great Central."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 


Added on Monday 18th May...

"With duty done, a B1 awaits the next task and driver considers the clue for 3 across." - Photo © Ken Simms.

"With duty done, a B1 awaits the next task and driver considers the clue for 3 across."
Photo © Ken Simms.

"Echoes of the 1960s as a work-stained 9F leads a passenger train towards Leicester North." 9F 92214 was specially weathered to present a typical 1960s appearance for a photographic charter. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"Echoes of the 1960s as a work-stained 9F leads a passenger train towards Leicester North."  9F 92214 was specially weathered to present a typical 1960s appearance for a photographic charter.
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Giants prepare... Two of Stanier's finest locomotives are made ready for the day's duties." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Giants prepare... Two of Stanier's finest locomotives are made ready for the day's duties."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Sunday 17th May...

"The magnificent 'Oliver Cromwell' stands on shed after another busy turn of duty." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. This popular locomotive is currently being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central. - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"The magnificent 'Oliver Cromwell' stands on shed after another busy turn of duty."
70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. This popular locomotive is currently being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central.
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"A passenger train steams southwards in the afternoon sunshine, with 9F 92203 in charge." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"A passenger train steams southwards in the afternoon sunshine, with 9F 92203 in charge."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Gresley's V2s were once a common sight on the former Great Central main line between London Marylebone and Sheffield." 4771 "Green Arrow" was preserved and is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"Gresley's V2s were once a common sight on the former Great Central main line between London Marylebone and Sheffield."4771 "Green Arrow" was preserved and is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on Saturday 16th May...

"The smart apple green livery of J72 69023 brightens the day while hauling a short passenger train." This North Eastern Railway inspired livery was originally applied to two members of the class by British Railways in the early 1960s, for use on station pilot duties at Newcastle and York. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The smart apple green livery of J72 69023 brightens the day while hauling a short passenger train." This North Eastern Railway inspired livery was originally applied to two members of the class by British Railways in the early 1960s, for use on station pilot duties at Newcastle and York.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A fine locomotive from the original Great Central Railway Company appears in British Railways livery in familiar territory on the preserved GCR." GCR Improved Director Class 506 "Butler Henderson" (appearing here carrying later British Railways number 62660) is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A fine locomotive from the original Great Central Railway Company appears in British Railways livery in familiar territory on the preserved GCR."
GCR Improved Director Class 506 "Butler Henderson" (appearing here carrying later British Railways number 62660) is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A passenger train takes priority with a Hall in charge as an 8F awaits instructions." - Photo © Ken Simms.

"A passenger train takes priority with a Hall in charge as an 8F awaits instructions."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 


Added on Friday 15th May...

"With power in reserve, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' accelerates away from Loughborough Central." 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Joe Connell.

"With power in reserve, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' accelerates away from Loughborough Central." 70013 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Joe Connell.

"Delivering the goods. Ivatt Class 2MT 46521 working tender-first with a short freight train." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"Delivering the goods. Ivatt Class 2MT 46521 working tender-first with a short freight train."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"A product of the 1950s, the British Railways Standard Class 4 tank was once a common sight on commuter and suburban trains." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"A product of the 1950s, the British Railways Standard Class 4 tank was once a common sight on commuter and suburban trains."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 


Added on Thursday 14th May...

"The evening begins with 2MTs at work, guiding a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The evening begins with 2MTs at work, guiding a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Green for the Up Loop.... 47406 is signalled into the Up Loop at Swithland Sidings with a train of empty mineral wagons." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Green for the Up Loop.... 47406 is signalled into the Up Loop at Swithland Sidings with a train of empty mineral wagons."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Feeding the boilers of bygone industry... 6990 Witherslack Hall works a short coal train through a busy town station." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"Feeding the boilers of bygone industry... 6990 Witherslack Hall works a short coal train through a busy town station."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 13th May...

"Moving the nation's freight by the power of steam... A sight of yesteryear recreated." - Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"Moving the nation's freight by the power of steam... A sight of yesteryear recreated."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"At home in the Midlands, the 'Peaks' were the main motive power for express passenger trains on the Midland Main Line for two decades until the early 1980s, and a number have survived into preservation." - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"At home in the Midlands, the 'Peaks' were the main motive power for express passenger trains on the Midland Main Line for two decades until the early 1980s, and a number have survived into preservation."
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"The day begins with a determined departure for the south in the hands of a U Class 2-6-0." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The day begins with a determined departure for the south in the hands of a U Class 2-6-0."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Tuesday 12th May...

"At the day's end, an 8F rests on shed..." On this occasion, 48305 was appearing as 48476. - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"At the day's end, an 8F rests on shed..." On this occasion, 48305 was appearing as 48476.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"A scene from earlier times: Loughborough Central in 1975 with King Haakon, and Boscastle showing signs of restoration in progress." - Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A scene from earlier times: Loughborough Central in 1975 with King Haakon, and Boscastle showing signs of restoration in progress."
Photo © W.R. Squires Collection.

"A busy scene at Swithland Sidings - Recreating the experience of a bygone era on British main lines." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A busy scene at Swithland Sidings - Recreating the experience of a bygone era on British main lines."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on Monday 11th May...

"A scene from the past as we see Number 39 at Belgrave and Birstall station in 1973." - Photo © David Putt.

"A scene from the past as we see Number 39 at Belgrave and Birstall station in 1973."
Photo © David Putt.

"The start of a journey by steam train. An enjoyable experience for generations past, present, and future." - Photo © Andrew Royle.

"The start of a journey by steam train. An enjoyable experience for generations past, present, and future."
Photo © Andrew Royle.

"Creating an atmospheric scene, a B1 hurries south with a passenger train." - Photo © Scott Mattock.

"Creating an atmospheric scene, a B1 hurries south with a passenger train."
Photo © Scott Mattock.

 

 


Added on Sunday 10th May...

"With an LMS 4F in charge, a train of coal empties trundles past as the sun begins to set on another day." - Photo © John Smith.

"With an LMS 4F in charge, a train of coal empties trundles past as the sun begins to set on another day."
Photo © John Smith.

"The Fireman checks the next signal as an afternoon local train continues on its way." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"The Fireman checks the next signal as an afternoon local train continues on its way."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"A shovel of coal is added to the fire to help complete the climb as the gradient eases." - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"A shovel of coal is added to the fire to help complete the climb as the gradient eases."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on Saturday 9th May...

"Retracing the steps of bygone expresses. GCR Improved Director Class No. 506 'Butler Henderson' stands in familiar territory at Quorn & Woodhouse on the preserved Great Central." 506 is owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Retracing the steps of bygone expresses. GCR Improved Director Class No. 506 'Butler Henderson' stands in familiar territory at Quorn & Woodhouse on the preserved Great Central." 506 is owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"With locomotive and coaches gleaming, a western express gathers pace on the long straight." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"With locomotive and coaches gleaming, a western express gathers pace on the long straight."
Photo © Joe Connell.

"The bright sunshine at Swithland Sidings provides the stage for successive generations of Class 5 to impress." - Photo © Alan Weaver.

"The bright sunshine at Swithland Sidings provides the stage for successive generations of Class 5 to impress."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on Friday 8th May...

"Introduced in 1943, the War Department 'Austerity' 2-8-0s were based on Stanier's Class 8, and saw service on heavy freight trains both in this country and overseas." - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Introduced in 1943, the War Department 'Austerity' 2-8-0s were based on Stanier's Class 8, and saw service on heavy freight trains both in this country and overseas."
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Stanier's Class 8 design was selected by the War Department for large scale production during the Second World War. 48624 is the only remaining example of a Southern Railway built member of the class, and was completed at Ashford Works in 1943." - Photo © John Smith.

"Stanier's Class 8 design was selected by the War Department for large scale production during the Second World War. 48624 is the only remaining example of a Southern Railway built member of the class, and was completed at Ashford Works in 1943."
Photo © John Smith.

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Added on Thursday 7th May...

"Built for heavy freight, the British Railways 9Fs also proved themselves highly capable on passenger turns, including the Manchester-Bournemouth Pines Express." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Built for heavy freight, the British Railways 9Fs also proved themselves highly capable on passenger turns, including the Manchester-Bournemouth Pines Express."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A short pause for a light engine at a country station. A timely arrival provides the footplate crew with an opportunity to obtain tea (and cake) before the next duty." - Photo © Roy Harris.

"A short pause for a light engine at a country station. A timely arrival provides the footplate crew with an opportunity to obtain tea (and cake) before the next duty."
Photo © Roy Harris.

"The grimy appearance of a work-stained 2MT recreates typical scenes from the latter days of steam on British Railways." - Photo © Joe Connell.

"The grimy appearance of a work-stained 2MT recreates typical scenes from the latter days of steam on British Railways."
Photo © Joe Connell.

 

 


Added on Wednesday 6th May...

"B12 and B1 are resplendent in LNER colours as they haul a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside. - Photo © John Bagshaw.

"B12 and B1 are resplendent in LNER colours as they haul a passenger train through the Leicestershire countryside.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

"The sight of an Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 makes for an impressive scene while working a train for Leicester North." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The sight of an Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 makes for an impressive scene while working a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Schools and King Arthur classes of the Southern Railway share the load on a southbound passenger train." 925 "Cheltenham" and 777 "Sir Lamiel" are owned by the National Railway Museum. - Photo © John Smith.

"Schools and King Arthur classes of the Southern Railway share the load on a southbound passenger train." 925 "Cheltenham" and 777 "Sir Lamiel" are owned by the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

 


Added on Tuesday 5th May...

"Celebrating the early days of preservation. Littleton No.5 stands at Loughborough Central in the summer of 1973." - Photo © David Putt.

"Celebrating the early days of preservation. Littleton No.5 stands at Loughborough Central in the summer of 1973."
Photo © David Putt.

"Passing trains steaming through the countryside... Once an everyday sight throughout Britain's railways." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Passing trains steaming through the countryside... Once an everyday sight throughout Britain's railways."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"Locomotive history on show as Furness Railway No.20 of 1863 stands beside O4 63601 of 1912 (which was originally built as Great Central Railway 8K No.102)." 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and Furness No.20 appears courtesy of the Furness Railway Trust. - Photo © Martyn Tattam.

"Locomotive history on show as Furness Railway No.20 of 1863 stands beside O4 63601 of 1912 (which was originally built as Great Central Railway 8K No.102)." 63601 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and Furness No.20 appears courtesy of the Furness Railway Trust.
Photo © Martyn Tattam.

 

 


Added on Monday 4th May...

"Assorted vans for destinations many, hauled onwards by a Bulleid Light Pacific." - Photo © Lewis Day.

"Assorted vans for destinations many, hauled onwards by a Bulleid Light Pacific."
Photo © Lewis Day.

"A passenger train powers away from a station stop, while a goods train waits to continue its own journey forward." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"A passenger train powers away from a station stop, while a goods train waits to continue its own journey forward."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"An Eastern Region express makes determined progress with power and grace." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"An Eastern Region express makes determined progress with power and grace."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on Sunday 3rd May...

Steam galas - Popular scenes which will return in the future! - Photo © Roy Harris.

Steam galas - Popular scenes which will return in the future!
Photo © Roy Harris.

Diesel galas from the past - scenes to be enjoyed again when we return! - Photo © Steven Havers.

Diesel galas from the past - scenes to be enjoyed again when we return!
Photo © Steven Havers.

"51 years since closure by British Railways, the now preserved Great Central Railway is still going strong."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM

 

Today marks 51 years since the final passenger train operated by British Railways ran on the former Great Central Main Line on 3rd May 1969. We compare the scene today with those final months..

"6990 Witherslack Hall sets the modern day scene at the preserved Loughborough Central." - Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"6990 Witherslack Hall sets the modern day scene at the preserved Loughborough Central."
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

"Back in 1969 a diesel railcar departs during the station's final months of British Railways passenger services." - Photo © David Putt.

"Back in 1969 a diesel railcar departs during the station's final months of British Railways passenger services."
Photo © David Putt.

 

One year ago, the 50th anniversary of closure was commemorated with the Renaissance Railcars team completing restoration of a blue diesel railcar to recreate those final trains. There is a video on our YouTube channel recording this event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgHxuhQTG7I

 

The newly restored Metro Cammell Diesel Railcar in blue livery (right) nears completion in late April 2019.
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

Loughborough Central station during the final days of British Railway operation in 1969.

 

 


Added on Saturday 2nd May...

"A window into the past... Looking back to the earlier days of the preserved Great Central." - Photo © Graham Wignall.

"A window into the past... Looking back to the earlier days of the preserved Great Central."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

"Recreating a bygone era of rail travel with heritage steam and diesel power". All of our heritage steam and diesel locomotives are now over 50 years old. - Photo © Steven Havers.

"Recreating a bygone era of rail travel with heritage steam and diesel power". All of our heritage steam and diesel locomotives are now over 50 years old.
Photo © Steven Havers.

 

Today's post 1 of 3 (a small image gallery)
Published at 09:30

"Hymek in the early evening sun". D7017 passes Swithland Sidings with a passenger train.
Photo © Joe Connell

"EE passes Sulzer on the approaches to Loughborough."
Photo © Steven Havers.

"25s impress as they power away from Loughborough"
Photo © Joe Connell

"The late 1960s recreated by a passing Type 4 on a passenger train"
Photo © Great Central Railway / AJM.

 

 


Added on Friday 1st May...

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"Class 2MTs stand ready for action ahead of their next duty." - Photo © Peter Salmon.

"Class 2MTs stand ready for action ahead of their next duty."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

"The day begins with a passenger train in the hands of a Bulleid Light Pacific." - Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

"The day begins with a passenger train in the hands of a Bulleid Light Pacific"
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 


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